As a culture we no longer have positive visions for our future, visions of where we want to be heading, visions positing a healthy humanity in a healthy biosphere.
We have only dystopic visions, dark extrapolations of disturbing current trends... Without a positive vision of our deep future, of where we are going, every choice-point that comes up appears as a difficulty, an obstacle; If we are full of nightmarish future visions, we recoil from choices, from moving ahead; but if we are aiming toward a future envisioned, choice-points are the opportunity to build the path from here to there. Let's imagine life one hundred years in the future: well beyond the decades of difficulty which probably lie ahead. Let's posit a rich and healthy biosphere, and a full population of healthy and happy humans living in a perfectly sustainable fashion in harmony with Earth's natural systems. Maybe we live in integrated dwellings which themselves produce our energy and food, and we have much more leisure time. What will we be doing with ourselves? What sort of cultural enrichments await us?
Let's start gathering some positive visions of the deep future.
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